By Kevin Koczwara
The most expensive English player ($55.2 million) ever finds himself in a precarious situation. Unwanted by Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool, Andy Carroll will spend the 2012/13 Premier League Season on loan at newly promoted West Ham United. Carroll joins up with former teammate and friend Kevin Nolan — the two played together at Newcastle United — and into a system set up by manager Sam Allardyce that will fit the big center forward’s direct style of play.
Liverpool confirmed the loan today on its official website:
Liverpool Football Club can confirm that Andy Carroll has joined West Ham United on a season-long loan.
The striker will spend the whole of 2012-13 with Sam Allardyce’s team.
Carroll talked to West Ham’s website after the move and told reporters he was glad to finally make the move and expects to fit right in since he’s worked with Allardyce when Carroll was making waves in his first season in the Premier League with Newcastle.
“It’s great to be here at West Ham and all signed up – I just can’t wait to get started now.I want to be playing games and obviously hoping to score some goals. I know the manager well and some of the lads, so it is nice for me to come to a place where I know people,” said Carroll.
“I’m hoping to add a lot of goals and create a few chances. I know Sam from Newcastle and he was a massive reason for me coming. When I worked with him at Newcastle it was great so it was a no-brainer really.” [whufc.com]
The deal for Carroll includes and a club option for a permanent move to West Ham at the end of the summer. The amount of the fee is undisclosed.
Carroll scored 11 goals in 58 appearances for Liverpool after his switch on the last day of the January 2011 transfer window.
The other day Rodgers told reporters Carroll was his third choice forward and that it was not a luxury he liked having as it cost the team plenty of money to have such an expensive player sit on the bench.
“I don’t think we are in a position to have £35 million players as third choice strikers,” Rodgers told ESPN. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Andy has been a cover player for us in the opening two games.”